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What causes emotional disorders?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

The consensus is that most emotional disorders that don't have an overtly physical origin are caused by a mixture of three things: genetics, general temperament, and childhood experience. This is the important point: You need the genetic predisposition, but you also need the environment. That is, someone with a naturally low self-esteem can develop personality problems when exposed to the wrong environment. But ideally, you can control your environment - or at least many people can.

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